Obituary: Jeanne Lipsitz Mullaney
Ryan Summerlin October 9, 2013
It is with heavy hearts that we must tell you of the passing of our beloved wife, mother and step-mother on October 1, following an unexpected but blessedly short illness. Her spirit is now free and will live on in our hearts forever.
Jeanne’s journey through this life began on November 28, 1942. She was born in Cleveland, Ohio to John and Mary Cannata. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Antioch, California, where Jeanne spent her youth.
Upon her graduation from Antioch High School, Jeanne attended the Kaiser School of Nursing in Oakland. Jeanne and her first husband spent a few brief years in Southern California, she as a nurse in many capacities.
In the late 60s she returned to San Francisco, providing nursing care to children at the Shriners Hospital for several years, and then began a long career with Dr. Jerome Goldstein, establishing the San Francisco Headache Clinic.
In 1976 she married for the second time to Don Lipsitz, and left her beloved San Francisco to live in the suburbs in Foster City. After more than a decade with “Goldie,” retirement beckoned and she spent treasured time with family and friends.
In 1989 she and Don fell in love with the idyllic Incline Village, found their home and left the hustle and bustle of the Bay Area behind to live, love and laugh amongst the trees and good friends.
Retirement was not to last, however, as Jeanne became involved in real estate in Incline, working with several brokers over the years and expanding her ever growing extended family.
Jeanne volunteered with the Presbyterian Women’s Thrift Shop and the Children’s Cabinet Thrift Shop. She loved working at the thrift and was always ready to help customers in finding “just the right thing.” After her second husband, Don, passed away in 2001, she continued her volunteer work with the thrift shops.
In late 2002, an unexpected “cosmic collision” occurred, transforming Jim and Jeanne from casual friends to forever more partners. And as they say, the rest is history.
Jeanne passionately loved Lake Tahoe, loved pets, loved people, and loved a good party. If not hosting, she could always be found pitching in to help in some way.
She was extremely active with the Incliners, the Crystal Bay Yacht Club, and was instrumental in starting the Wednesday B-B-Q at the Beach Bunch, which later became known as “J & J and Friends.” It grew over the years to a very large group of friends indeed, becoming the highlight of her summers in Incline Village.
Jeanne was truly dedicated to the betterment of our community. In addition to her continuing service with the Presbyterian Women’s Thrift, she was a founding member of the Incline Village Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and a volunteer for the annual Washoe County Sheriff’s picnic in Incline.
Jeanne is survived by her loving husband Jim Mullaney, her son Adam Derus (wife Penny), her step daughters Hope Pick (husband Brian), Lil Lipsitz, her precious Holly kitten, her mother Mary ,and brother John.
We will remember Jeanne with a Celebration of Life at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Incline Village at 1 pm on Saturday, October 12. Please join us if you are able. As Jeanne loved yellow, we ask that you wear yellow to the Celebration. A reception with light refreshments will follow the service. Please feel free to bring a dish to share. As Jeanne would have wanted, we will continue to celebrate her life with good food, good friends and good memories … Mangia!
In lieu of flowers, we ask that a tax-deductible donation in her memory be made to the Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation (WARF), PO Box 5364, Incline Village, NV 89450. Her love for animals was unparalleled, and this would be her request.